"you are free to be happy"
i needed to hear this today. it's a rainy dreary afternoon, will does not feel well, and iliana is back at the vet for more testing on her cushing's disease and the nodule on her spleen. it's just a mopey kinda sad day. but, this afternoon on k-love amanda told a story about a phone conversation she and her mom had last night, and i found it to be inspiring:
"Last night, I called mom, and had one of those long talks. As we were about to hang up, she out of the blue says…“You know Amanda, you are free to be happy.”
I cried. She reminded me that I made it through a valley recently. I may have little things to complain about at the end of the day. I may be tired, a little lonely and my kids may be “spirited”, but I have the choice to be happy. You do too.
We are all free to be happy."
amanda's mom is totally right. sometimes, you just need to hear it. we've gone through a valley, but we're working on walking back up that hill. until we get back to the crest, we're going to focus on the things that make us happy in our lives. right now i am focusing on friendly smiling faces, my sweet mommy who is always there no matter what, ellie-boo's tongue from this past summer's trip to the beach (she was always sticking that thing out), my loving granny, and my new ferns.
so - now i know you're wondering if i am just going to burst out in song? if you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it, if you're happy and you know it clap your hands! (takes a bow) nah, we're not there just yet - but we are working on it. slowly, but surely.